Definitions for eighth note
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a musical note having one eighth the time value of a whole note.
Category: Music and Dance
Origin of eighth note:
eighth note, quaver(noun)
a musical note having the time value of an eighth of a whole note
A note having one-eighth the duration of a whole note; a quaver
An eighth note or a quaver is a musical note played for one eighth the duration of whole note, hence the name. Eighth notes are notated with an oval, filled-in note head and a straight note stem with one flag note flag. A related symbol is the eighth rest, which denotes a silence for the same duration. In unicode, the symbols U+266A and U+266B are an eighth note and beamed pair of eighth notes respectively. The characters are inherited from the early 1980s code page 437, where they have codes 13 and 14 respectively. As with all notes with stems, the general rule is that eighth notes are drawn with stems to the right of the notehead, facing up, when they are below the middle line of the musical staff. When they are on or above the middle line, they are drawn with stems on the left of the note head, facing down. Alternatively, stems are used to indicate voicing or parts; all stems for the upper voice's notes are drawn facing up, regardless of their position on the staff. Similarly, stems for the next lower part's notes are down facing down. This makes the voices/parts clear to the player and singer.
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